The Prophet of God

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B, Old Testament

Scripture: Deuteronomy 18:15-20

 

The relationship between God and the prophets of God is very close. The prophet is the key to the people getting back into right relationship with God. Prophets bring messages of doom and of redemption. They tell of the need to repent and the bring the hope of God’s love.

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The Path of the Prophet

Forth Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture: Luke 4:21-30

This is the fourth in a four-part series focusing on refugee resettlement through Episcopal Migration Ministries. Today’s lesson focuses on what it means to be a prophet.

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God Calls Each Of Us

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-10

Jeremiah is called by God to deliver difficult news during challenging times. He pleads that he is too young, but God is not accepting that excuse. Jeremiah had plenty of reason to be reluctant. But he becomes an historic prophet and serves during the reign of five different kings, before and during the exile.

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Who is this Jesus?

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
Scripture: Mark 1:21-28

Who is this man? He now has a little band of raw recruits – eager to serve yet largely clueless. Does Jesus send them off to school? No. He shows them. He models the behavior that will form disciples. He teaches with authority. He is right where they are – not way over their heads. He heals when he notices it is needed. Who he is speaks powerfully: as one with authority.

Note: Episcopal Migration Ministries has written special lesson plans for the first four weeks of Epiphany. They can be found here.

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The Prophetic Voice

Forth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
Scripture: Mark 1:21-28

Throughout the season of Epiphany, we follow Jesus’ early ministry and calling of his disciples to be teachers, healers, leaders, and prophets proclaiming the Kingdom of God. In today’s Gospel, we hear the story of Jesus healing a man possessed by demons. This is the first miracle story in the Gospel of Mark.

Note: This is the fourth in a four-part series on The Episcopal Church’s refugee resettlement program, Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM). Today’s lesson asks us to reflect on Jesus’ miracles of healing, its relationship to the Jewish-Christian prophetic tradition, and what it means to nurture a healing or prophetic presence in our own day.

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Justice, Mercy, Walk Humbly

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A, Old Testament Lesson
Scripture: Micah 6:1-8

The prophet Micah is trying to get the people of Israel to remember their covenant with God.  They are to do justice and live humbly.  God does not want extravagant offerings or sacrifices.  Today we hear God having an argument with his people.  Children sometimes have arguments and they will relate to this story.  God is reminding the people about all the wonderful things that have been done for them.  The people have gone back to their old ways and are not living their lives in a gracious way.  They are no longer humble.

“Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil?  Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”  He told you, O mortal, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6: 7-8)

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Life-giving Attitudes

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12

**Note: In 2014, The Feast of the Presentation falls on Sunday, February 2. Check with your clergy person so see which readings you will be using.

We make it so complicated. The prophet Micah told us: “Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.” Jesus invites us to follow him and describes the attributes of those who follow. Where does Jesus go? What does he value?

Note: This year, the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany falls on February 2 which is also the Feast of the Presentation. Check with your church about which readings you will be using as your congregation is probably using the Feast of the Presentation lessons. A lesson plan for the Presentation is found here.

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Prophets in Their Hometown

Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany, Year C
Scripture: Luke 4:21-30

Prophets don’t do very well in their own hometown. It seems to be easier to hear hard sayings or even fresh insights from someone who comes from almost anywhere else. Perhaps it is because we remember when the prophet was a teen-ager, or because we helped raise this young person. Jesus is not spared this reality.

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